Judge mulls releasing report in Bird murder case

A federal judge held a hearing today about whether to release an internal affairs report that allegedly details how police failed to protect a Nassau

Judge holds hearing over releasing report on Nassau

Judge holds hearing over releasing report on Nassau mom's murder

CENTRAL ISLIP - A federal judge held a hearing today about whether to release an internal affairs report that allegedly details how police failed to protect a Nassau mother from her killer.

Jo'Anna Bird, 24, was killed in March 2009 by her estranged boyfriend, Leonardo Valdez-Cruz.

Valdez-Cruz had been the subject of arrests, court orders of protection and direct police contact, all relating to his physical and mental abuse of Bird, including leveling death threats and open defiance of the orders issued by the courts.

Despite Bird and her family's best efforts to have Nassau County police and the Nassau County district attorney enforce court orders, some argue she was not properly protected.

The case was settled, but the report issued about her death has been kept secret.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

The number of people living in poverty on 1 LIA study: LI poverty on the rise
News 12's Lily Stolzberg visited the Walt Whitman 2 On the Spot: Women's History
United Airlines launched a controversy over the weekend 3 United Airlines faces turbulence over leggings ban
Troy Ramey of Sea Cliff competes on NBC's 4 Long Islander competes on 'The Voice'
The suspects describe themselves as part of the 5 3 men accused of spraying graffiti in 6 communities

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE